The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1889 COUNTRY V. TOWN.
Tho House of Representatives seems to have ended one " stonewall " simply to enter upon another, which has m fcir George Grey's amendments to the 1 c presentation Bill matter for almost m terminable speech making. The manner m which the discussion on tho first of these amendments is being carried on has completely unveiled the designs of the town party. Their object, it is now opparent to -all, iB to gain timo m which to sow dissension m the ranks of the country party and thus divert to themselves the votes of some members, who, if they acted according to their principles, would vote agaiust the stonewallers. Other votes are hoped to be gained by playing upon the fears entertained by some of the members of the effect which the reduction of the number of members will have upon them. Sir George Grey's amendments are very skilfully framed to catch every waverer from the platform on which tho country members are making a stand, and it is already evident that their effect has not been miscalculated. Jn introducing his first amendment Bir George very carefully explained that it did not mean what it said. Briefly, the j amendment originally provided for a return to the status of the Act of 1881, i tbe Acts of 1887 being repealed, but it was subsequently altered so that the Acts of 1887 should be suspended , until after the next general election, m order, as Sir George says, that tbe questions dealt with m 1887 may be settled by " the real voice of all New Zealand," disclaiming any intention of repealing the Act of 1887. In short bir George Grey's proposals are a very pretty sample of tho policy of the town party, which having neither logic nor fact to support it is reduced to the simple, if undignified, process of wailing for something to turn up. What chance the town party bas of defeating the just demand of the country ior 33£ per cent quota, is not great. We have already shown that the country is justly entitled to every fraction ot the concession that they demand, and it is not likely that a body of members so strong as they have shewn themselves to be will give away what is within their- grasp. Tho question of restoring the number of members to 95 has been again brought within tbe sphere of discussion wi<h tho view of inducing those members who feel their seats m danger to throw m their lot with the town party, but iho majority by which the reduction was carried m 1887 — namely 04 to 20— makes it unlikely that that decision will be reversed. \ f'ome compromise is this respect may-be made, but it will certainly not be such as to impair the rights of the country.